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☛ Dual Reyish/Austin Shepard take first go of NCHA Futurity 11-24-17

DUAL REYISH AND AUSTIN SHEPARD OWN THE FIRST GO OF NCHA FUTURITY WITH A 442.5 ON TWO RUNS

 

IM QUINTAN CHECKS AND JOHN SANISLOW EARN A CLOSE SECOND

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 24, 2017

Austin Shepard riding Dual Reyish to first go-round win in the NCHA Open Futurity. NCHA photo.

Not since Bill Freeman, has anyone dominated the major aged events like Austin Shepard has this year, with his latest accomplishment being leading the first go-round of the Open Division of the NCHA Futurity, running Nov. 15 through Dec. 10, at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Summerdale, Ala., cutting horse trainer who recently passed the $7 million mark in lifetime earnings, is fourth among cutting’s all-time leading money earners and a member of the Rider Hall Of Fame, was riding Dual Reyish, owned by Billy Wolf, Whitesboro, Texas. Shepard also won the 2006 NCHA Futurity riding High Brow CD and was Reserve Champion in 2016 riding Sir Long Legs.

Sired by Hottish, a son of Spots Hot out of Stylish Play Lena by Docs Stylish Oak, Dual Reyish’s dam is  A Little Reylena (Dual Rey x Katie Little Lena by Smart Little Lena) with $126,058 in lifetime earnings. Dual Reyish was bred by Greg Smith.

Dual Reyish and Shepard scored the highest score, a 222.5, the first day of the Open and tied Matt Miller on Carolena Reyn, for the leading score the second day, with a 220.0 – for a total of 442.5, topping the first go-round of the Open  Division.

However, close on Shepard’s heels is John Sanislow riding Im Quintan Checks (Im Countin Checks x Quintan Blue) for the Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Texas, with a 441.5 score following two go-rounds. The pair scored a 221.0 in the first go-round and a 220.5 in the second go.

Dual Reyish’s sire, Hottish, is owned by Dustin and Donna Adams, Poolville, Texas. With lifetime earnings of over $300,000, he stands at the Oswood Stallion Station in 2018 for $5,500 plus a chute fee. The 2008 stallion has two offspring in the top 10, including Reyzmehot, owned by John R. and Jana Thacker, Abilene, Texas. The pair finished 4th in the first go-round with a total score of 439, ridden by Wes Ashlock. Also Smooth Hottie, owned by Durango Performance Horses, Woodward, Okla., ridden by Josh Crumpler scored a 218.5 in the first go.

Dual Reyish is from Hottish’s first crop of foals to perform, including Reyzmehot, who scored 222 points. Altogether Hottish had 20 foals in the Futurity, with 10 advancing to the second go-round. Six scored a 218 or more points in the first go, including Hott Nu Cowboy, who tied Third Cuttin Cat with 219 points on Monday.

The only other sire with multiple offspring in the top 10 scores was Metallic Cat with three – including Taliate, owned by Bobby Ray and Mary Jo Hawkins, Seguin, Texas, ridden by Casey Green to a 437.5 for sixth place Metallic Drifter, owned by James N. Vangilder, Weatherford, Texas, ridden by Matt Gaines and Metallicious, owned by Charles Burger, Chatsworth, Ga., ridden by T. J. Good, with both scoring a 437 in a tie for seventh place.

Since 9th through 13 all scored a total of 436.5, the other sires in the top 10 scores included Im Countin Checks, Boon Too Suen with two  (439.5 and 436.5), Dual R Smokin (438), Bet Hesa Cat, Dual Smart Rey, High Brow Cat and Woody Be Tuff (436.5 tie).

The Open semifinals will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m., and the Open finals will close the show on Sunday, Dec. 10.

 

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